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A New Horizon for Women


Are you thinking about or looking for: 

  • new horizons for the next stage of your life?
  • what you will do when you retire?
  • fulfilling and exciting opportunities?
  • building new networks?
  • expanding your knowledge of the world?
  • equality and economic opportunity for women?

If these questions are on your mind, Global Horizons is for you!

Join Us and use your skills, experience and expertise to support women in the developing world on their own journey to economic independence and social equality. 

Global Horizons for Women is an online information resource and action center for retired or retiring professional women with energy and talent and many years ahead. It includes up to date information on issues, relevant nonprofit organizations with their locations and fields of work; investment opportunities, advocacy, travel options, volunteer consulting possibilities, as well as other actions you can take to support women in the developing world.  It's fast, efficient and trustworthy.

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Around the Globe

Update regarding earthquakes in Nepal


EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL: If you would like to support our Nepal team as they assess the damage to our partner communities, and help their countrymen and women, please make a donation and indicate that your support is for Nepal. We will ensure that all funds get to those who most need it. The dollar amounts listed below are indicative of READ's efforts under normal circumstances, but we will distribute these funds to Nepal to rebuild READ Centers that have been damaged, and to help families in our partner communities with other more urgent needs, like rebuilding their own homes.


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The Girls of Today Wil Be The Leaders of Tomorrow

Women with economic opportunity send their girls to school, improve their health and nutrition and prepare them for a better future, thus impacting glrls for generations to come.

BRAC: Let's get Her Back to School this Year

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Recent Blog Post

Nepal: Pages From "The Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism" chapter 14

Small Entrepreneurs Flourish Beneath Himalayan Giants

Kathmandu, Nepal –

Travel posters that invite tourists and trekkers to Nepal depict a country irresistible to the adventurer. The Himalayas are stupendous. They reveal a startling white world, the highest and mightiest on earth. Yet not many miles to the south, Nepal’s Chitwan jungle is a dominion of elephant and tiger.

The picture is not oversold. Among the faraway places on earth, Nepal appeals almost instantly and magnetically to the explorer and seeker.

But its poverty and tragedy reveal another Nepal that on the surface is one of the horrors of humanity. In Nepal millions of people live below subsistence levels, orphaned children by the thousands live on garbage piles or are enslaved; young women are forced into prostitution, transported to India and elsewhere. The misery seems endless. In the spring of 2001 the country’s future king went berserk in the royal palace and massacred his family before killing himself. Within a few months of that slaughter the seven-year-old Maoist insurgency had forced a suspension of parliamentary government, sowing political chaos in a country that could barely stay afloat even in orderly times, with so little to export.

But if you can take the time (and accept the risk) of traveling today in the remotest parts of one of the poorest and most politically inept countries in the world, you make some remarkable discoveries. One of them is the thousands of women who are liberating themselves and their families from the manacles of poverty and oblivion.

Microcredit works in the most improbable places on earth. You see that in Uganda and in the mountain country of South America and in the debris of civil war or political oppression or even threatened famine in the Far East. But Nepal is a little harder to imagine.

In some places in western Nepal, loan officers administering village banking groups sometimes have to walk days to reach a weekly or monthly meeting. In the hill country of western Nepal not long ago, members of a self-help banking group were meeting in a sparsely-furnished village hall when armed Maoists walked in and demanded to know what the meeting was all about.

The program officer stood at the bookkeeping table with a handful of small rupee notes and tried to explain what was happening. These women were meeting, he said, to vote on appeals for loans by members of the group. They needed to bring more money into their little businesses and their families. The Maoists wanted to know what kind of money they were talking about.

 “One or two thousand rupees,” he said. It translated into $13 to $25 if you converted rupees to American money. Nobody was converting anybody’s money in the presence of gun-wielding Maoists on that day, or doing much except looking at the barrels of those semi-automatic weapons.

One of the Maoists demanded a month’s pay from the edgy program officer, who stood too terrified to speak.

“How much money do you make?” the Maoist leader asked him.

He gave the figure and emptied his pockets.

The Maoist scowled and then grumbled. “I’m making more than you are,” he said. “Go on with your meeting.” The patrol walked out of the building and disappeared.

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The staying power of the microcredit idea and the commitment of its members and its sustaining staffs around the world sometimes surprise hardboiled money handlers and humanitarian experts alike. Maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising.  The human spirit lifted by hope and spurred by incentive or desperation is not easily defeated.  Although Americans are long conditioned to the power of the enterprising spirit, they often overlook it when they’re confronted with the poverty of less advanced parts of the world.

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